Cold conclusion


To finish off Morgan’s Yorkshire challenge gold badge, he needed to camp in December. The Yorkshire challenge badges need Scouts to camp during every month of the year (and also undertake a range of challenges).

Morgan & Paul took the opportunity of camping while also volunteering at the North Yorkshire moors railway, where Morgan does his Duke of Edinburgh award volunteering.

Eurojam camp


Colin took Lucy & Matthew with the rest of the central Yorkshire county unit going to Eurojam in Poland on their first unit camp.

Camping at Snowball plantation in York, the camp was for the team, known as the Phat rascals, to start to get to know each other ahead of Eurojam, the European jamboree, next year.

Donations towards the fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

W.A.W. Aldwark camp

The full Wetherby district (5 units) came together at Aldwark activity centre (Central Yorkshire’s county facility) for W.A.W. Aldwark camp (Wetherby adventures on water).

The units (Whalers, Elmets, Hydra, Bangers and Tadcaster) took part in kayaking, canoeing, raft building, archery and indoor bouldering, and we also marked St. George’s day (a week later than usual due to the late falling of Easter).

Despite a chilly wind on the river, everyone enjoyed themselves, including the catering, thanks to the Hydra catering team. Most gained or added to their time on the water staged badges and also qualified for the new British canoeing paddle start award.

It was also the first outing for our newly acquired tents, which have been purchased thanks to It’s great out there; a European initiative to encourage young people to get outdoors.


Birch hall photos

A selection of photos from our camp at Birch hall Scout campsite near Scarborough last weekend.

Some of our (fool)hardy team braved the temperature and slept outdoors to achieve a couple of the aims of the Yorkshire challenge badge; a January night under canvas as well as the temperature being below 1 degree centigrade.

The weekend included teaching each other a “new” skill, to pass on to someone else, a session at Scarborough water park, some cerebral tasks and games and a session at York escape rooms on the way home. There was a lot of chess played (anything to do with there being no mobile phone reception?!).

W.A.W. Aldwark district camp

A “working title” of Wet Aldwark Weekend; W.A.W.

From 26 to 28 April 2018 we plan a camp for all 5 of the district’s Explorer units; Wetherby (us), Boston Spa, Tadcaster, Sherburn & Scholes. It’s a chance to get together as we’re all Wetherby district Explorers (we’re separate to our host Scout group).

Aldwark is Central Yorkshire Scout county’s site and has great facilities next to the river Ouse. We’re planning a weekend of both training and competitions for kayak, canoe, raft building, archery and axe throwing.

Accommodation is both indoors in the mill block and in our “new” (to us) tents; we’re hoping for 60+ Explorers to attend.

Likely cost should be around £50 per Explorer, which should includes all the activities, food & accommodation; where can you get that sort of value these days?!


Birch hall residential

Less than a week til we go away as a unit. We’re going to Birch hall Scout campsite, near Scarborough, for some team activities, a visit to a water park and an escape room.

It’s indoors, so those fearing the January weather can stay inside. But for those needing to do January under canvas for the Yorkshire challenge badge, there’ll be tents too.

We’re quite a way from towns & main roads, so there’ll be little mobile phone signal, so we’ll have an “analogue” or “retro” weekend.

Below are the 2 key pieces of pre camp information. Please can Explorers bring the signed consent forms in on Tuesday.

2019 birch hall unit residential parent information (002)

u18 consent form – birch hall residential jan 2019